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The Pioneer

#740 of 2,492 Restaurants in Denver
$$ - $$$Mexican, ,
2401 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210-5407
+1 720-536-4802
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible8%
10 Aug 2017
“Authentic food, big portions”
6 Apr 2017
“Great Fun Spot for Casual Dining and Drinks”
Restaurant Hours
Mexican, Bar, Pub, American, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
2401 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210-5407
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Nice enough place. Lots of drinks and decent Mexican offerings. Sports bar. Trivia night. Nice open air spot for warm days.

Thank sternfire
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for a margarita and some appetizers. Was not disappointed. Margaritas were delicious and I had the goat cheese quesadilla which was outstanding! Very casual and relaxing place with great outdoor seating. Love it!!

Thank Houseofluck
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed the carnitas enchiladas and my daughter had the goat cheese quesadillas. Both highly recommended with large portions.

Thank mrkeithb
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Whenever I visit Denver I try to stop by The Pioneer. It's a fun, funky low-key bar and grill meant for causal dining and affordable fare. The food is basic but very good and the atmosphere is best shared with a group of friends. When...More

Thank cinemaretro
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Great chicken burritos special on Tuesdays. Happy hour goes most of the day. Friendly wait staff concerned you enjoy your meal. Perfect for a neighborhood hang out. Stop in anytime for tacos or something else you won't be disappointed. Plus wonderful beer selection.

Thank cac123Denver
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Had the best fajitas tacos! Food is incredible! And the drinks, hello delicious! Great place to hang with friends and TVs galore!

Thank Mandy M
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The smoked pulled pork carnitas burrito is to DIE for! Great place to watch a game and chow down! Always stop here on our way to Pioneer Hockey games!

Thank Jeff D
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch. A surprisingly great find for tacos and margaritas. Extremely affordable and fast service!

Thank tbaker1210
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Went to the pioneer to watch a packer game, walked from campus, had an AWESOME time. Ordered a salad, and the service was great. I highly recommend the rooftop area, was a great place to enjoy some sun and some football. 👍🏻

Thank Madeleine B
Reviewed 4 August 2016

It has nice open air first floor and rooftop seating for a nice evening of appetizers and drinks! Not directly downtown but worth the drive! Great Beer also.

Thank BaldSerb
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Mexican, Bar, Pub, American, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2401 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210-5407
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver
  • Phone Number: +1 720-536-4802
Ahh, new bar smell. Kind of like new car smell - except new car smell is the smell of PVC, Phthalates, and other things that we will someday learn were likely unhealthy to inhale. But enough of my buzzkill eco-babble...The Pioneer is brand spanking new, but is also exactly like every just-off-campus lounge that you’ve ever loved. Great vibe, cool booths, nice bar, requisite memorabilia from the local college (University of Denver aka DU), and a staff that lives to treat you right. Oh, and there is none of that stale barf smell like you had at that place you were just reminiscing about (for me, it was College Hill Tavern). Ursula and the rest of the team run this place like the well-oiled machines that rolled out of there back when it was a filling station. On a Saturday at 5:00, I stroll in for a sloppy Chicken Burrito (really tasty - they were roasting a whole bushel of fresh Poblano peppers on the grill as I walked in). Seating Darwinism gives me full control over where I grab a table - e.g. the best one to watch USC crush some lesser team. The big garage door is up, like the maw of a Whale Shark letting in the great afternoon Colorado breeze and showing off the patio. (I am winning a bet that I couldn’t use "maw" in an analogy - so just deal with it). And then the babes start showing up. Quality babes. I mean, "my-folks-pay-$40K-per-year for DU, I wear William Rast jeans (don’t ask how I know this stuff), and I don’t patronize vomit-smelling pubs" hot. So let’s recap: Unique place with an old soul. Great staff. Cold Drinks well poured. Cool hockey and other memorabilia, including a ski autographed by DU's 2008 NCAA National Champion Ski Team. Quality affordable food that is predominantly Mexican in nature. I’m forgetting something... oh yeah, chicks. If that sounds like your kind of place, then give the Pioneer a whirl. From tenured Profs to just-legal Sophs, this place is the ticket. Go right now. Neighborhoods served: DU, Observatory Park, Washington Park, Bonnie Brae, Cherry Hills.
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